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Black House Renovation

Our Commitment:

We commit to expediting the renovation of The Black House, a critical space for Black students on our Evanston campus. The Black House is uniquely important to Northwestern; this importance has been further emphasized in light of the anti-Black racism that has and continues to occur in our communities. Senior leadership has approved reactivation of The Black House Renovation project.

Fall Quarter 2021 Update

The Black House at Northwestern University officially reopened after a two-year renovation project. An official ribbon-cutting event took place on Oct. 15, during Reunion Weekend, and featured the return of members of the B100, a group of Black alumni who, as Northwestern students, courageously took over the Bursar’s Office for 38 hours in 1968, seeking equitable treatment and services for Black students on campus after numerous attempts to work with University leadership at the time. Through their commitment, care and vigilance, their acts resulted the establishment of the Black House. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrated the return of this important space on campus.

Two key areas of focus for the renovations were celebrating Black culture and intellectual traditions as well as improved accessibility. The Black House is currently operational and a virtual tour is available online.

Spring Quarter 2021 Update

We are excited to announce that we are nearing the completion of the construction phase of the Black House. We hosted walk-throughs of the house Monday, June 7, for our graduating seniors. Twenty-seven students were able to see the renovated space, which is currently at approximately 85% completion. A virtual tour is available for those who want to see the house in its current state. Additional work to curate the space and complete finishing touches will continue throughout the summer in preparation for grand re-opening events in the Fall. We cannot wait to welcome back our Black students and dedicated alumni to this significant and vitally important place on campus.

More information about continued progress can be found on the Black House Renovation Project website.

Winter Quarter 2021 Update

We are tracking toward a mid-Spring Quarter completion for the renovated Black House with the goal of hosting some re-opening events in early June 2021. While most events will be virtual, as COVID-19 guidelines permit, we will plan to allow small groups of students, prioritizing our Black graduating seniors, into the space prior to graduation. We are currently planning grand re-opening events for the entire community for Fall 2021. 

In the meantime, community members are encouraged to continue to follow along with the final steps of the renovation progress on the Black House Renovation Project website

Fall Quarter 2020 Update

The Black House Renovation was paused at the end of March 2020 as a result of COVID-19.  However, work has restarted with a goal of a March 2021 completion date and a grand opening in the Spring 2021 quarter.

Work continues on the interior. There is a focus on exterior work before the weather changes. The Black House Renovation webpage is updated on a bi-weekly basis with information regarding the progress of the project.

See additional updates and information.